Niall Currie accepts his reputation could quickly descend from managerial genius to pub team joker – such is the nature of the Danske Bank Premiership.
Ards have impressed during the opening weeks of the season, going three games unbeaten to sit third in the table.
They came from behind to draw with Cliftonville on the first day of the campaign before claiming back-to-back wins against Dungannon Swifts and Portadown.
Their transition from the Championship to top flight has been impressive, but with daunting fixtures lurking ahead, Currie is refusing to get too carried away.
After Saturday’s trip to Ballymena United, Ards will meet Glenavon, Crusaders, Glentoran, Ballinamallard and Linfield before the dawn of October.
“The beauty of this league is that every other team is in the same position,” Currie said.
“The teams around us and the teams we’re looking at have the same kind of fixtures coming up.
“This is the kind of league you can start well and everyone thinks you’re the best manager in the world.
“I know in two weeks’ time, people could be saying I don’t know what I’m doing.
“We never get carried away one way or the other.
“We know we can’t compete financially with a lot of other teams in the league.
“We have to make sure we can give our all.
“I think we’ve got good character in this club at the minute.
“We know we’ll get the rough end of the stick from time to time results wise, but hopefully we can have a few ups as well.
“If we have as many ups (as setbacks) we have a wee chance.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Ballymena, Currie added: “We know Ballymena have the main man (David Jeffrey) and he’ll have them well set up and well drilled. We know exactly what to expect.
“We’ll go about our own business and ensure we’re competitive.
“That’s all I’m looking – to be competitive and make sure we’re in every game we play. We want to stay in every game and give ourselves a chance of picking up points. We have done well so far, but we have to keep battling away.”